It’s no wonder that Floridians are losing faith in their government. More public officials in Florida are charged with corruption than in any other state.
We have a state government that operates largely in the shadows; a campaign finance system that gives special interests way too much power; and too many of our public institutions seem totally beholden to everyone but everyday citizens. I spent the better part of a decade fighting corruption in Florida as a federal prosecutor, so I have seen this malignancy up close. There will always be those that find a way to skirt the law or engage in sleezy behavior, but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t adopt measures intended to bring greater accountability and oversight to the operations of government.
Earlier this month, I introduced a series of measures that if adopted by the legislature, would go a long way toward that goal.
But - I can't do it without you. Help me lobby my colleagues by demanding reform!
As you can see below, many opinion makers in the state agree with me, but getting my colleagues in the legislature to make life tougher on themselves won't be so easy. We need to keep the pressure on:"Corruption in Florida has become too prevalent in recent weeks for political leaders to ignore"To help demonstrate to my colleagues that Floridians simply will not accept the way our government mistreats taxpayer dollars, I have launched an official petition.
- St. Pete Times, 11/5/2009
"If there isn't enough outrage right now to justify strengthening anti-corruption laws, then when?"
- The Miami New Times, 11/6/2009
“A former federal prosecutor [Gelber] running for attorney general as a reformer...
- Tallahassee Democrat, 11/9/2009
“Mr. Gelber's reasoning makes sense...Floridians have a right to more transparency and better oversight at the SBA. It's their money, after all.”
- Orlando Sentinel, 11/17/2009
Join me in demanding reform. Please sign my petition right now and help spread the word!
You can read more about the specifics of my reforms here. I'll keep you updated as this fight develops.
Thanks for all you do,